Assistant Professor Aaron Bateman Wins AIAA Aerospace History Manuscript Award

October 11, 2023

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Each year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honors one author with it's History Manuscript Award, "...for the best historical manuscript dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society." In October 2023, the AIAA named Elliott School Assistant Professor Aaron Bateman its 2024 History Manuscript Award recipient. The honor recognizes Professors Bateman's manuscript, "A Space Renaissance: The Strategic Defense Initiative and the Arms Race," as a "major contribution" to the history of Aerospace. The official AIAA citation describes Bateman's work as, "A comprehensive re-examination of the political and technical history of the Strategic Defense Initiative..." It notes that, "...this outstanding work is likely to remain the standard reference for years to come." The manuscript is also the basis for Professor Bateman's forthcoming book: Weapons in Space: Technology, Politics, and the Rise and Fall of the Strategic Defense Initiative from MIT Press.